Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, ‘who am I to be so beautiful, talented, gorgeous, fabulous?’
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of the universe.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
This is not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fears, our presence automatically liberates others.
Nelson Mandela 1997
Deeply motivating words to begin our new year. Wisely spoken many years ago and yet still hugely relevant today. I wonder if Nelson Mandela knew that he was echoing the exception thinking of Carl Jung when he chose these words? Jung, an eminent psychologist and thinker of our time postulated that, what you see in others is often a reflection of yourself and that we can’t see anything outside of ourselves other than what we are. Therefore, what you choose to focus on is what you create in your life.
When you light up your life, ignite your passions and begin to believe in possibility, your light will begin to illuminate the dark shadows that those close to you experience. You will share your light and the brighter your light becomes, the wider the glow of your action will reach. You see, we are not separate in the world, we are part of a universal whole. We are all connected, not fragmented.
Imagine you are a pebble being dropped into a still and tranquil pond. The moment you become one with the water, ripples of energy are created which begin to spread in concentric patterns growing larger and larger until they create movement throughout the pond. You are the pebble in the world. Your energy impacts others and will give them a glimpse of your vision of possibility to create a map of the world that works in your favour.
Did you know you have a map of the world? You map in your mind, every second of every day. As you accept the sensory inputs from your surrounding environment which reach your internal bio-computer through your sight, hearing, feeling, smell and taste receptors, your internal computer crunches the data and applies algorithms which are unique to you, based on your beliefs, values, memories and attitudes. The algorithms then produce your personal map of the world, how you choose your world to look, sound and feel. As an aside, imagine if your map of the world is based solely on the input received from a smart phone. I’ll leave you to consider that thought!
So you see, you have much more control over your perceptions than you realise.
‘And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.’
Your map of the world, created by your mental mapping process is projected out into the world through your language, behaviour and actions, what everyone else sees when they look at you. If your map shines brightly and energetically with possibility and beauty, then others will experience that mapping and begin to unconsciously re-route their own map.
You are beginning to see now that, even though you have limited control over some of the elements of your world, the economy, political decision making, the health of the world, you do have complete control over how you choose to map it and therefore how you respond to the world. Change your map, introduce more positively charged energy and you will organically begin to change the unconscious mapping of those around you. What a new year gift to offer!
Knowing more about your internal bio-computer and the software that runs on it will enable you to take real control of your mapping process. How you view the world, how you function within it and how you unconsciously affect those around you. Attending our Enhanced NLP Coach Practitioner Certification Training will empower you to do just that. It’s a completely fascinating and immersive exploration of your mind, you owe it to yourself to have you light shine brightly this year.